Robert Dighton (Biographical details)

Robert Dighton (publisher/printer; printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Male; 1752 - 1814)

Also known as

Dighton, Robert; Deighton, Robert


12 Charing Cross, London 6 Charing Cross, London 4 Spring Gardens Charing Cross, London


Singer and draughtsman, especially known for designs for satirical prints, which he initially supplied to Carington Bowles and Haines. Later plates he etched, published and sold himself. Stole prints from the British Museum (see A. Griffiths, 'Landmarks in Print Collecting', BM 1996, pp. 10, 49-50, 60, 276-83).
Son of the art dealer, John Dighton (q.v.). Father of three artists, Robert junior, Denis and Richard (q.v.), who seem to have worked together as a family business, with a common stock of plates.


Lugt 727
An Van Camp, 'Robert Dighton and his spurious collectors' marks on Rembrandt prints in the British Museum, London', in The Burlington Magazine 155 (2013), pp.88-94.
Simon Houfe, 'Some letters of RD', Print Quarterly XIX 2002, pp.45-9.
Dennis Rose, 'The life, times and recorded works of RD', 1981 (for the sale of the Rose ex-Carington Bowles album of watercolours made for engraving, see Sotheby 23.ii.1978).
H.M. Hake in PCQ XIII 1926, pp.137-55 and 237-47 (with unnumbered chronological list of portrait caricatures by all members of the family).